Tewell Garners Legendary Victory
Tewell shot 2-under 70 to finish the tournament at 11-under 205, one stroke better than Bobby Wadkins, who made a late run with a 66 in the final round.
Stewart Ginn shot 72 to tie with Bob Gilder (70) for third at 8-under.
Tewell, 52, won for the second time this season, joining Tom Kite and Hale Irwin as multiple winners this season.
Tewell has two senior major championships to his name and is the most accurate driver on the Senior Tour (86 percent). He only improved the numbers over three days on The King & The Bear course at World Golf Village.
He hit all 14 fairways Sunday and finished the tournament hitting 41 of 42. The only one he missed came Friday at No. 7, when he hooked a drive to the left.
'It was in the first cut of rough,' Tewell recalled. 'No big deal.'
In the final round, Tewell trailed Ginn by one stroke heading into the par-5 13th hole.
But the lead flip-flopped when Tewell made a 10-footer for birdie, and Ginn missed from 8 feet to save par, a putt set up when he overcooked his approach on the second shot and had to make a tough shot to get on the green.
Ginn, who played with Tewell on both Saturday and Sunday, said he never got discouraged, even though Tewell didn't miss a fairway either day.
'I knew what I had to do to beat him,' Ginn said. 'I went for it. I didn't back off. If he makes birdies, he makes birdies. You've got to go out there and golf your golf ball.'
Proving how much easier this game is when you're constantly playing from the fairway, Tewell also hit 47 of 54 greens in regulation over the three days.
'That's my golf game,' he said. 'I try not to make a lot of mistakes. I don't make a lot of mistakes. That's why when I get in the lead, sometimes I'm able to go ahead and win big.'
Although this wasn't a big victory, it was a consistent performance, and the result wasn't really in doubt as Tewell made his way through the final four holes.
On the par-3 14th, he put his tee shot 18 inches from the hole for birdie to go to 11-under and take a two-stroke lead.
Wadkins, playing three groups ahead, made birdie on No. 18 to pull within one, but Tewell finished with four straight pars. When he tapped in on No. 18 for the championship, he doffed his cap and waved to the small crowd to celebrate his sixth career victory on the Senior Tour.
Tewell earned $306,000, bringing his career earnings on tour to $3.99 million.
'I knew Doug wasn't going to play a sloppy round, so I just went out and tried to improve my position,' Wadkins said.
Also in the hunt was Gary McCord, who was one stroke behind the leaders until he knocked his second shot off the rocks and into the water on the par-4 15th. He made bogey on his way to a 70 and a fifth-place finish at 7-under.
'Greedy, greedy, greedy got me right there,' McCord said of the shot on No. 15. 'I hit it hard, but slid under it a little bit. It's just a bad shot.'
News, Notes and Numbers
*Irwin blew his chance for a win with a double-bogey on No. 12 that pushed him from three strokes of the lead to five. He finished tied for sixth.
*Proving golf isn't always pretty, Fuzzy Zoeller nearly fell on his backside after blasting out of a bunker from an awkward stance on the 10th hole. He got big applause from a curious gallery, which had to rubberneck to watch the shot from across the 12th fairway.
*Officials are considering several options that would relocate the Legends of Golf, the tournament credited with spawning the Senior Tour. This was the fourth straight year the tournament has been played at the World Golf Village, and attendance - while not officially listed - has been light.
Full-field scores from the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.
Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”
The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.
“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia
This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.
The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.
Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.
The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.
A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.
And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18
Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf
Well, this is a one new one.
According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:
“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”
Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.
“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.
The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.
“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”
The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.
Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.
Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.